Intraoral Camera Lacey


At the dental office of Austin R. Smith III, DDS, we offer the use of an intraoral camera in the Lacey, WA area for ensuring the best possible dental services for our patients.

Most people are aware of the use of photography and videography in medical treatment. Just like doctors utilize an endoscope for examining body parts to diagnose medical conditions with hardly any discomfort to the patient, dentists use an intraoral camera to inspect sectors of the mouth and teeth that are otherwise not easily visible.

Intraoral photos are so helpful in the accurate treatment of certain dental problems that the advancement in oral photography is considered the most significant development in dentistry in recent years. We deploy intraoral camera at our Lacey clinic for detecting wide-ranging dental issues, including:

  • Tooth cavities
  • Gum and tooth abnormalities
  • Gingivitis and plaque deposits
  • Enamel cracks or broken or worn fillings

Intraoral Photos Lacey


The intraoral camera is much smaller than a regular camera but it works the same way. It is shaped like a wand with an autofocus lens at its tip. It allows both intraoral photos and videos, with the images displayed on a monitor. Our dentists are skilled and experienced at oral photography.

You may need to hold certain positions to allow taking accurate intraoral photos at the desired angle and with sufficient lighting. We may, if necessary, use mirrors, retractors or devices for pulling away gums and exposing teeth to enable detailed intraoral photos.

The entire process for taking intraoral photos at our Lacey area clinic is:

  • Quick
  • Simple
  • Painless
  • Safe

Oral Photography Lacey


The intraoral camera is an excellent tool for diagnosing dental problems and planning the right treatment. However, this is not the only purpose of taking intraoral photos. Our dentists make judicial application of oral photography and bring the intraoral camera into action only when it is actually required.

The other reasons our dental practice uses oral photography around Lacey include:

  • Patient education and communication
  • Insurance verification
  • Specialist consultation
  • Legal documentation

Our oral photography facility lets you see the dental issue diagnosis. It helps create authentic dental records. The photos/videos can be shared with your insurance company and even shown to other doctors for a second opinion. Meanwhile, these could help in personal injury claims or malpractice lawsuits.

To learn more about oral photography, Lacey area residents can contact Austin R. Smith III, DDS. Call (360) 352-2400 also for scheduling an appointment to have intraoral pictures taken.